Our manager Brendan Rodgers is hugely excited about the prospect of working with the most expensive footballer he’s ever signed, Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian attacking midfielder arrived for a fee which could rise to £29m earlier this summer (via BBC Sport), and the transfer left Liverpool fans, players and coaching staff delighted.
“He’s a top class player. He’s played in Europe, so he understands it,” Rodgers told a press-conference in Thailand, reported here by the Echo.
“There’s no pressure. He’ll come in to the PL, and it will take time to adapt. But he has all the traits and the profile that we would want. He works hard, has talent and can score goals. We’re really excited.”
Rodgers is right to laud the 23-year-old’s attributes, because as attacking midfielders go – Firmino has it all.
He scores goals for fun, has wonderful technique and creative vision, and works his socks off for the team with and without the ball.
For Hoffenheim, he’s notched 32 goals in the past two seasons, and has bagged four for the Brazilian national side in just ten appearances. He’s been one of the Bundesliga’s very best players, and we’re confident he can adapt to the Premier League after being allowed some time to settle.
The attacker isn’t with the pre-season squad as he’s been allowed an extended leave due to the Copa America, but he should join up with his new team-mates as they return to Europe.